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4.69 out of 54.69 out of 54.69 out of 54.69 out of 54.69 out of 5 4.69 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fredrik Backman Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2014 ISBN: 9781629239835
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In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet lovable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox. It is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul—all of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A funny crowd-pleaser that serves up laughs to accompany a thoughtful reflection on loss and love…The author writes with winning charm.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This charming debut novel by Backman should find a ready audience with English-language readers…hysterically funny…wry descriptions, excellent pacing…In the contest of Most Winning Combination, it would be hard to beat grumpy Ove and his hidden, generous heart.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “One of the most moving novels I have read this year. I defy anyone to read this book and look at a quiet withdrawn person the same way ever again.”

    Cayacosta Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 | 9/8/2017

    " A very heartwarming story. A really great reminder that kindness can make a world of difference. "

  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 Christy | 6/14/2017

    " Good writer, good writing style and development of characters. Even funny is some places. However, very overdone is this quintessential grumpy old man with a golden heart. He complains about everything and some of the same stuff multiple times for 29 chapters. The author made his point in the first three chapters. Pros are the characters - the neighbors. The last 7 chapters were enjoyable. I finished book b/c I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I thought this book was, for the most part, horrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 3/21/2017

    " Funny, Sad, Quirky. Roller coaster of emotions all wrapped up in a well-written fun story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chap | 3/20/2017

    " A Man called Ove written by Fredrik Backman and read by George Newbern was simply fantastic. In the fashion of the Girl with the Dragon tatoo (yet not as dark) the Swedish really know how to tell a story. Ove is a good guy without ever compromising what is right. He is simple yet strong. Both physically and mentally. He's a grouchy older man and doesn't care. It's what's lovable about him and why people are drawn to him. You'll love this charming tale. BTW...be prepared to cry at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 11/14/2016

    " Loved it! One cannot help but understand and love Ove and his "black and white" world. Despite his singular outlook, he teaches acceptance in the most rudimentary way. "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Gaye | 6/2/2016

    " Just enjoyed it...funny, sarcastic and good change of pace. "

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About the Author

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, as well as Britt-Marie Was Here and And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are published in more than thirty-five countries.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.